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Some Border Patrol Agents to Begin Using Russian-Designed Pistol with Rubber Bullets

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities who protect the nation’s border have long used stun guns on smugglers, migrants and human traffickers.

But with so much open space on the Southwest border, the stun guns have posed a problem because they can only reached about eight to 10 feet, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Now Border Patrol agents with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will soon begin using the Osa handgun, a Russian-designed break-action pistol that fires rubber bullets.

“Illegal immigrants don’t generally have guns, but they could be throwing rocks,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who demonstrated the weapon’s accuracy by striking a target 15 feet away. “I’ve seen those incidents end with someone getting shot, someone getting killed.”

The sheriff said fewer people will die as a result.

Springfield News-Leader Editorial: Lots of Blame to Go Around, Too Few Answers in Ferguson

By Editorial Board
Springfield News-Leader

On Aug. 9, unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson at 12:01 p.m. in Ferguson. A vigil on Aug. 10 turned violent.

The situation deteriorated from there.

Riots and arrests. Tear gas and rubber bullets. Real bullets, riot gear and military-grade displays of force. Injuries to both protesters and police. Looting and needless destruction of property. For four straight nights, the clashes escalated, the national media descended, and still, no clear information was put forth about the death of a young, unarmed black man. After a day of relative calm gave hope that the situation was beginning to defuse, tempers flared again Friday.

As unrest continues, the blame game is already underway. At this point, it would be easy to join in on the finger-pointing based on half-truths.

It would be easy join the chorus of voices calling out our elected leaders, Gov. Nixon, U.S. Sens. McCaskill and Blunt and President Obama, for waiting so long to intervene.

It would be easy to place blame on the protesters for turning violent and rioting, citing the need for peaceful assembly.

It would be easy to hoist the burden of responsibility onto local authorities in Ferguson for their poor handling of the situation, inciting protesters to riot rather than bringing calm.

It would be easy to join in blaming the media for stirring up the situation by giving attention to it.

It would be easy to, as some are now doing, blame the young man himself for allegedly participating in a theft prior to his altercation with the police.

But there is nothing easy about the situation in Ferguson. A solution for the community will take doing the hard work.

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